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Emergency Measures to Support Farmers During COVID-19

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The farming community is likely to be relieved by the news from the Government, announced this week, that a series of emergency measures have been put in place to support them during the COVID-19 crisis.

The Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths, announced a number of actions in recognition of the unique challenges facing the sector as a result of coronavirus, particularly during what is normally a busy time of year for them.

These include:

  • Farmers will have an extra month to submit their Single Application Form (SAF), with the deadline now extended to 15 June
  • The Welsh Government is removing the requirements for BPS 2020. This is in response to concerns about crop diversification requirements following the recent flooding, and in recognition of the added pressure and uncertainties coronavirus brings
  • An additional £5.5m has been allocated to the BPS and Glastir 2019 support scheme which has now re-opened to support farmers who are yet to receive their 2019 BPS and/or Glastir payments. Farmers will be able to apply for support through the scheme to alleviate potential cash flow problems

The Minister has written to farming unions to thank them and their members for their hard work in ensuring the continuation of the food supply chain. Very recently, a new FarmWell Wales resource was launched with useful information and advice to help keep farm businesses and farmers resilient and plan positively for the future.

Find full details of the announcement here.

Find Farmwell Wales here.

Rory qualified in 1994 and has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the area of land and agriculture. A friendly and down to earth manner, he has strong links with the NFU Cymru and is well aware of the issues facing the farming community in Wales and further afield.

JCP Solicitors’ Rural Practice team has extensive expertise in this field of law and is on hand with tailored legal support during this time. For more information please contact Rory on 01792 525 402 or email: rory.hutchings@jcpsolicitors.co.uk.

For further advice, please contact our specialist Rural Practice Solicitors in:

  • Swansea: 01792 773773
  • Cardiff: 02920 225472
  • Carmarthen: 01267 234022
  • Caerphilly: 02920 860628
  • Cowbridge: 01446 771742
  • Haverfordwest: 01437 764723
  • Fishguard: 01348 873671
  • Pontypridd: 01443 408455

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